Graduate Teacher Certificate, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Teacher Certificate

The mission of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is to advance human knowledge through teaching, research, and public engagement. Teaching assistants serve a vital role in realizing this mission as current instructors, future faculty, and global citizens.

The Graduate Teacher Certificate is a program of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and is supported by campus academic units and the Graduate College. It is designed to encourage TAs to develop their teaching skills and reflective practice. It provides opportunities to document teaching experience, professional development, and the constructive use of student feedback.

When you decide to work on the Graduate Teacher Certificate, contact CITL to be matched with a Specialist in Education who will be your consultant for the process. You are encouraged to start working on the certificate as soon as you begin teaching. However, there is no time limit for completion of the requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  1. Attend a pre-semester teaching development program.
  2. Teach two semesters at the University of Illinois.
  3. Discuss and reflect on an observation of your teaching.
  4. Analyze and reflect on informal and formal student feedback.
  5. Participate in six hours of teaching development workshops or similar activities.
1.   Pre-Semester Teaching Development Program
Participate in either the Graduate Academy for College Teaching or a pre-semester departmental teaching orientation which includes such topics as active learning, grading, leading discussions, lesson planning, and relevant campus policies.

2.   Teaching Experience
Document formal teaching experience for a minimum of two semesters at the University of Illinois. Teaching is defined as having regularly scheduled teaching duties with students in a classroom, studio, lab, or online, where you are responsible for leading learning activities over an extended period of time.

3.   Observation of Your Teaching
Arrange to have a faculty member or CITL consultant observe your teaching and discuss the observation with you. Write a reflective essay on what you learned from the process.

4.   Use of Student Feedback
For two semesters, collect Informal Early Feedback (IEF) from your students at mid-semester and formal feedback (ICES) at the end of the semester. Meet at least twice with a faculty member or CITL consultant to discuss the student feedback. Write an essay reflecting on the use of student feedback in your teaching.

5.   Teaching Development Workshops
Attend a minimum of six hours of teaching development workshops or activities beyond the pre-semester training. Teaching workshops, classes, and seminars offered by CITL, as well as other campus groups, may apply.

Certificate Application

To begin the Graduate Teacher Certificate, or to learn more about it, please contact us.

Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
249 Armory Building, MC-528
(217) 333-3370

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All certificate requirements must be documented in the Graduate Teacher Certificate Application in consultation with a faculty member and/or your CITL consultant. The application contains more details for completing the certificate.

The completed application must be submitted to CITL for review by your CITL consultant. The submission deadline is April 15.

CITL Celebration of College Teaching

Through CITL’s certificate program, participants develop teaching skills, reflect on teaching and learning, and are motivated to strive for excellence in teaching. To celebrate these achievements, CITL hosts an annual event in the spring to recognize individuals who successfully complete the Graduate Teacher Certificate and other CITL certificates.